Netflix freezing up on Android 4.3, fix coming soon

Netflix freezing up on Android 4.3, fix coming soon
The latest version of Netflix for Android that runs on Android 4.3 has run into some problems. Let's say you're watching something on Netflix and after a while, because no one presses an input button, the device goes to sleep. The problem is that pressing the power button once, which usually wakes up the device, won't work. You have to press the power button hard enough to re-start the phone or tablet. The scary thing about this bug is that it seems to take over even if you just have the Netflix app on and you're not watching a video.

Google and Netflix are both aware of the matter. The former's Don Merrill says that the problem is that the Netflix app is freezing your phone or tablet while it is locked which makes it look as though your phone has been turned off. Merrill suggests that until a fix is sent out, those with a Nexus device running Android 4.3 either refrain from updating to the new build (unless you just bought the new Nexus 7, of course) or uninstall the Netflix app until the bug is killed dead. He also says that Google has its top men working on a solution, so don't let this keep you up all night!

source: Reddit via Ubergizmo



4. androidfanboy

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 24, 2013

Typical android maybe I made a bad choice not choosing windows phone, ios or blackberry

5. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

It's not too late you know.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

FYI the reason why 4.3 is affected is because this new version of android supports new apis for media DRM. The benefit of this though, is Netflix will stream 1080p content to the new Nexus 7. That's why they want this to work well. Both Google and Netflix worked on it before it was released.

2. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Nothing to worry about. A majority of android users don't have 4.3 anyway

1. Twashbush

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 08, 2011

HBO GO seems to freeze at the initial buffering of the shows also (on my N7 running 4.3) not to the point of needing to restart the device just will not load any video, will try netflix.

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